World update: March 7 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN ISIS fired rockets at a gathering of Hazara in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least three people and wounding “dozens” more. The event was intended for several Afghan presidential candidates to speak with members of the predominantly Shiʿa community, and so there were some high profile targets there including Afghan “Chief Executive Officer”… Continue reading World update: March 7 2019

World update part 2: March 1 2019

AFRICA ALGERIA If you’ve been hoping for the protests against Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s potential fifth term in office to dissipate, Friday was not your day: Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Algiers on Friday to denounce Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to run for a fifth term, and police fired… Continue reading World update part 2: March 1 2019

Asia/Africa update: February 28 2019

AFGHANISTAN A group of Taliban fighters attacked a police outpost in Balkh province on Thursday, killing five police officers in what Afghan officials described as a five hour battle. US Afghan envoy Zalmay Khalilzad described this week’s meetings in Doha between his team and Taliban representatives as “productive” via Twitter on Thursday. The two sides… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 28 2019

World update: February 26 2019

ASIA GEORGIA Georgia’s ruling party appears to be slowly breaking up: A series of defections from the ruling Georgian Dream party has left the party without the dominant majority it held in parliament and has exposed a growing fault line in the party ahead of elections next year. Over the last several days, four GD… Continue reading World update: February 26 2019

Asia/Africa update: February 25 2019

ASIA KAZAKHSTAN Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev appointed a new prime minister on Monday–Askar Mamin, who had previously served as first deputy PM. Nazarbayev forced the resignation of his entire cabinet last week, citing its economic policy failures. KASHMIR India and Pakistan are both mobilizing their forces in Kashmir, and Kashmiris living along the Line of… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 25 2019

Asia/Africa update: February 23-24 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghan peace talks may be approaching a breakthrough, but it’s come at a high cost. The United Nations says that 2018 was the deadliest year for civilians in at least the last decade, with 3804 killed: In a report released Sunday, the United Nations attributed almost two-thirds of civilian casualties — 63 percent… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 23-24 2019

Asia/Oceania/Africa update: February 16-17 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A roadside bomb in Kandahar province killed three Afghan civilians on Sunday. Presumably the Taliban was responsible. On Friday, the Taliban attacked an Afghan border outpost in Kandahar and killed all 32 border guards posted there. So far it appears that one Taliban fighter–the one who drove the truck bomb that was used… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: February 16-17 2019